Sunday, August 28, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
I will have to add weights another time, as I have evacuated in preparation for the storm.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
This week, we received the largest zucchini I've ever seen in my life. They're the size of my forearm.
Monday, July 25, 2011
white beans and cabbage
Adapted from Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swanson
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 ounces potatoes, scrubbed and cut into tiny cubes
3-4 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme)
1/2 onion, minced
One 15-ounce can white beans, rinsed and drained
3 cups (8 ounces) very finely shredded green cabbage
fine-grain sea salt
1. Pour the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add the potatoes and spread them evenly in the pan. Cook the potatoes for 5 minutes or so, make sure you scrape and toss the potatoes during cooking so that you can get each side browned and cooked through.
2. Add in the fresh thyme, onion and the white beans and spread all around the skillet. Let cook, undisturbed for 2 minutes to brown just a bit, then scrape and toss again. Cook until the beans are nicely browned on both sides.
3. Stir in the cabbage and cook for another minute. Sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir and toss again. Once the cabbage has wilted down, the dish is ready.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Serves 64 Tbs. olive oil, divided
1 medium white or yellow onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.), plus 1 whole clove, peeled, divided
¾ cup diced carrot
¾ cup diced celery
1 Tbs. Simply Organic Oregano
1 Tbs. Simply Organic Parsley
6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
¾ cup ditalini pasta
1 pkg. vegan meatballs, defrosted (I used Nate's brand Italian flavored. Many brands are not vegan, but these are)
1 5-oz. pkg. fresh spinach
2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
2. Reduce heat to medium, add ditalini, and cook at low boil 5 minutes, or half of cooking time stated in ditalini package directions. Add meatballs, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 10 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 Tbs. oil in skillet over medium heat. Add remaining garlic clove, and crush with wooden spoon in oil while heating. Add spinach; cook 3 to 5 minutes, turning constantly so spinach becomes evenly coated and wilted, but still bright green. After meatballs have simmered, add spinach and lemon juice to soup, and season with salt and pepper.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
My desire to have my own vegetable garden is what started me on this road. Interestingly enough, it now seems like that's the least productive aspect of what I'm doing. I know that I planted late, so I can't expect overnight results, and I'm okay with that. I'm annoyed that my peas were looking so great for a week or two and then just died one day, seemingly out of nowhere. I haven't been using anything on my plants except for water, and I now realize that's not enough. Through research, I'm realizing that I need some organic fertilizer to feed them, and I'm making that my mission for this week. I have a compost bin, but nothing's ready to go yet, so I can't use that to feed my soil at the moment.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
I am finished with school for the semester and I now feel like I can properly tend to my garden (and blog). Hooray! Since I'm brand new at the whole veggie garden thing, my timing was definitely horrendous, considering I had no seedlings going until two or three weeks ago. And even now, it's just tomatoes. 4 out of the 8 are looking good, though, so I obviously rock at growing stuff. I was planning on starting my cucumbers this past weekend, but since I scored a good deal on a dresser for my daughter on CraigsList, I spent the weekend sanding it down and getting a coat of paint on it. I like to think that by purchasing said dresser, I saved it from going in a landfill. Really, I just kept it from ending up in someone else's house, because that thing was beautiful and someone else would have snagged it if I wasn't a daily CL stalker.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
That’s what I wanted to call my blog. O is my daughter’s first initial, and Z my son’s. I’m so clever! After a week of horrible ideas, I had a winner. So I Googled it and it was taken. I couldn’t even be mad about it because it was a pretty informative site, actually. But, full disclosure, I was still pretty freakin’ mad. It took me a few weeks to even muster up the strength to try thinking of another name. After I finally came up with another amazing one (Attainable Sustainable…brilliant!!) and found that it was also taken, I am finally here. Aiming for Sustaining. Because you know what? I won’t be perfect. I’ll eat at Subway every once in a while and buy strawberries from out of state because I’m hungry and they’re on sale for $1.99. But I will take it one step at a time and will chronicle the entire journey so that you may share in my triumphs and learn from (and laugh at) my mistakes.